Stop #ViolenceAgainstWomen

Today, 25th of November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and even today a lot of people, unfortunately, underrate the problem.
The United Nations defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”. Global estimates published by WHO indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
According to the COE women aged 15- 44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, motor accidents and malaria.



These are only some numbers that try to give us the idea of the big phenomenon, known as gender violence. In the last years more and more people, associations and the global community have risen up to spread awareness on the topic, not only on gender violence but also and mostly on womens empowerment, like the ‘He for She’ movement that talk about it and change the point of view of the guilty:  omen are never guilty. A dress is never guilty. Alcohol is never guilty.

Usually as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate male partner, and risks factor are attributable to lower levels of education (perpetration of sexual violence and experience of sexual violence), social and economic inequality. But not always. And for sure it’s not part of the male nature.

 

Gender violence is not only physical aggression from a man to a woman, and not only the extreme form of it,  murder. All gender violence begins with psychological and humiliating/emotional violence. As Leslie Morgan Steiner, an American author, blogger and businesswoman said in this video.
 


 

Today, more than ever, we need to ask to ourselves and to Europe what we can do for women, especially with and for refugee women  arriving in our countries, that are often the victims of abuse in many many ways, as  Carolina Lasen Diaz, from the Lisbon Forum explain to us.

 

SCI is involved in action against gender violence, and to raise awareness around it. SCI Greece is going to support on 24th, 25th and 26th of November and spread the action of a Greek NGO focusing on womens empowerment, ToMov.
In Italy, where gender violence is incredibly high, SCI Italy already made an evening at La citta’dell'Utopia in Rome, showing the film “Te doy mis ojos”, preparing themselves for the National Event of 26th of November, “Non una di meno".




Some suggestions on film about gender violence:

 

The Beast in the Heart (Italy, 2005)

When Darkness falls (Sweden, 2006)
When the night (Italy, 2011)

 

 

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